Holy Cross Orthodox Church
The Self Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Finding God, Living Orthodoxy: The Journey Starts Here. The Bible Church that's in the Bible!

Modern Americans are discovering the original, authentic Christian Faith of the disciples of Jesus.

 "The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."Acts of the Apostles 11:26

 The Orthodox Church is Evangelical but not Protestant.


We are Orthodox but not Jewish.


We are Catholic but not Roman.


We are not non-denominational but pre-denominational.


We are the first Church to be called Christian.


We were founded by the Apostle Peter in 34 AD.


Rooted in Jesus Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit,

we stand in unbroken connection with all those who have

believed, preserved, proclaimed, defended and laid down their lives

for the Holy Gospel since the day of Pentecost.

Many Members-One Body of Christ

What makes the Orthodox Church The Way, The Truth and The Life.

The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

The Church is One

 The Church is one because it has One Lord, One Savior, One Great High Priest and Intercessor Jesus Christ who is the image of God the Father, who made the Heavens and the Earth, who is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, who alone trampeled down death by death and rose again, who offers all all men salvation through repentance, faithful belief and service in His Kingdom and who will return to Judge the Living and the Dead, who's Kingdom is at hand and will have no end. That the Church is His true body and that He is present within it. 

The Church is Holy

 The Church is Holy because God the Father has sent the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to indwell the Body of Christ to fill the Holy Church with power from on high, to guide it into all truth and preserve it unconquered forever. That the faithful members of the one true believing and right worshipping church, laity, clergy, and Hierarchs are true icons of His holiness. That the living presence of the Lord Jesus Christ is truely and mystically present in the transformative reality which are the Church's Holy Sacraments and that these Mysteries make those dead through sin alive in Christ. The Church is Holy because its martyrs have sanctified it with their blood, witness and sacrifice. The Church is holy because through the prayers of its acetics, monastics, and holy Elders it leads all people to salvation through the pratice of Cross-Bearing, self denial, lived and living repentance, and the aquisition of the Holy Spirit leading to Theosis, bearing witness that God became man that men might become a true partakers of the Divine Nature becoming through grace what Christ was by nature.

The Church is Catholic

The Church is catholic because it is complete and whole in itself, lacking nothing, that it preserves, defends, and proclaims the unchanging faith of the Holy Apostles as delivered to them by Jesus Christ himself, neither adding anything or taking anything away from the Faith "Once delivered to the Saints." The Church is catholic beause it stands fast and holds the traditions which were taught, whether by spoken word in Holy Tradition or in Holy Scripture. The Church is catholic because it possesses the fullness of the written revelation of God in its Holy Scriptures, which it interprets though the wisdom of the Church Fathers and proclaims the Good News of the Holy Gospel in order to make disciples of all nations.

The Church is Apostolic

The Church is Apostolic because it was founded by Jesus Christ himself through his Great Commission of Holy Apostles, that the authority and power of the apostolic office is conferred on their successors through the laying on of hands in consecration, ordination, and holy orders and that every Orthodox Church lives in unbroken continuity to the Holy Apostles through the Apostolic Succession of its Hierarchs from its foundation to the present living generation. The Church is apostolic because through the priesthood of every believer, it has been sent into the world to make discples, to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel, and to intercede on behalf of all and for all.

“Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find peace for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16

The Body of Christ sharing the Love of Christ


Holy Cross is an Orthodox mission church. Our mission is to invite all people to join us in authentic life of the Kingdom of Heaven. We confess Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, to be life itself. We proclaim the teachings of Holy Scripture and the unchanging Christian witness of the Early Church Fathers. We invite all to experience the living prescence of the Holy Spirit at work in the Body of Christ as we lift up the Holy Cross.

Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." 

Jesus invtes us all to die to ourselves and become cross bearers if we want eternal life in Him. Join us in the Kingdom this Sunday!


Meeting times and Locations:

Currently Meeting for Worship at 2211 Stanolind Ave.,Midland, Texas 79705

Please call (432) 741-1040 for more information

New Ways to Share the Gospel in 2016: Help Us Launch Our New Radio Station !

EAS Emergency System  $2,500
EAS Emergency System $2,500
EAS Emergency System $2,500
FM Transmitter $5,000
FM Transmitter $5,000
FM Transmitter $5,000
LPFM Antennae $800
LPFM Antennae $800
LPFM Antennae $800
 Studio Equipment $1200
Studio Equipment $1200
Studio Equipment $1200
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Consider Donating A Holy Icon To The Church

Please speak with Father Mark if you wish to donate one or more of these icons from the Convent of St. Elizabeth.

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 29th
Great Vespers 5 PM with Sacrament of Confession following. Back studio apartment, 2211 Stanolind Ave., Midland
Sunday, October 30th
Divine Services: Hours/Orthros 9:30 AM followed by Divine Liturgy with holy communion at 10:30. Father Mark Telschow celebrating. Back studio apartment 2211 Stanolind Ave., Midland, TX
Saturday, November 5th
No Vespers
Sunday, November 6th
Reader's Orthros 10:00 AM
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